Originally created 05/24/04

Group rallying for monument to remember lynching victims

BOSTWICK, Ga. -- A small cast-aluminum plaque remembering the four victims of a 1946 lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton County currently marks the site of the notorious slayings, but a local group is rallying to erect a much larger memorial.

About 65 people attended a public forum on Saturday to hear ideas for a permanent memorial in honor of the two black couples - Roger and Dorothy Malcom, and Mae Murray and George Dorsey - who were killed when 12 to 15 white men ambushed them as they crossed the bridge. They were bound and their bodies riddled with bullets.

No one was ever charged in the lynchings.

The site needs a bigger monument so that "lynching won't be forgotten," said Roy Durham, who was a longtime member of the Moore's Ford Memorial Committee, which sponsors community events, such as public forums where participants discuss past and present racial problems.

The committee discussed several possibilities, including a wall inscribed with quotes about the incident leading to four abstract sculptures representing the four victims or a memorial garden.


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